The most comprehensive scholarship search website iswww.fastweb.com. Another user-friendly website available to Birdville students is E-Scholarships at http://collegeguidanceconsultants.com/texas. The user ID is birdville and the password is birdville (use all lower case letters). Additional sources of scholarship information are the colleges. Read carefully the eligibility requirements and whether the application must be sent for or the application must be obtained in the counseling office. Contact your college concerning financial aid information, applications, and deadlines.
Other sources of information for private scholarships:
There are organizations collecting money for helping you do scholarship searches. Many even guarantee you money. YOU still have to complete the forms and qualify for the scholarship. My belief as a school counselor is that you do not need to pay for this service.Don’t get scammed.
FINANCIAL AID QUICK GUIDE
Types of financial aid available
Grants – Money you do not have to pay back
Loans – Money borrowed that must be repaid (with interest)
Work-study – Money earned from work used to help pay for school
Scholarships – Available from many sources – check the internet, the local library and the college you plan to attend
Financial aid eligibility
To be eligible you must
Have financial need
Have a high school diploma or GED
Be enrolled in an eligible program
Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
Register with Selective Service, if required
Complete forms as required
Make satisfactory academic progress
Financial aid eligibility is the difference between the cost of education and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). A federal formula performs a need analysis to determine the EFC. The cost of education includes tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation and miscellaneous expenses.
How to apply for financial aid
1. Parent or independent adult student must complete a (FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid) after income taxes have been completed. The form should be completed on-line atwww.fafsa.ed.gov after January 1. It is highly recommended the application be completed on-line. This form is needed every year the student attends a college or university.
2. Students will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) after the FAFSA is processed. Information is also sent to the college(s) named on the FAFSA.
3. The student’s selected College Financial Aid Office(s) will send an award letter to the student indicating the types of aid the student is eligible to receive. Compare and contrast Financial Aid awards using amount of loans as a determination.
4. Students should check with the college(s) they expect to attend – additional applications/forms may be required.